Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding is...

Da bomb! If you recall, last year I mentioned in my post, "Um, On Second Thought..." that I had received a 2oz sample of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and Baby Buttercreme from a friend, and planned to do a review. However, after discovering the retail value of a 2oz container of these products, I had second thoughts. I feared that I would fall in love with a product that was quite frankly, too expensive to be a staple in my regimen. Well, my fears were valid, because my first application of the Curly Pudding had me loving my natural curls so much that I could see myself tossing out my flat iron altogether!

After washing and conditioning my hair with a sulfate-free cleanser, I spritzed my hair with good ol' H2o to keep the hair well hydrated:

I then divided my hair into four sections, and applied a generous amount of the Curly Pudding to each section, making sure to concentrate on the ends, as I scrunched my curls into place:

After saturating my hair with the product, I then pulled it back into a low pony with the help of an ouchless scrunchie, and allowed it to air dry:

Please disregard the loose hanging, heat-damaged ends :-). I recently did an allover trim/cut and eliminated a lot of those scragglies, but I'll do an update on that later...

After drying my hair in the ponytail so that it wouldn't dry "big," I then removed the ouchless scrunchie and set my curls free:

Just look at how well defined my curls are:

Now, I must consider this review a "first impression" account moreso than a comprehensive review, as I only had the 2oz sample jar my friend provided me, and therefore didn't have enough product to evaluate on a consistent use basis. As far as first impressions go, I have this to say about the product:
  • The consistency is light, and didn't leave my hair feeling greasy
  • The product did a good job of locking in moisture, and didn't seem to dry out my hair like other products have done in the past
  • The product provides a light hold, which left my curls feeling slightly "crispy"
  • The product did a great job at defining my curls
  • The scent, which I would describe as floral or lavendar, smelled awesome!
Now, I do have a few concerns, which I will not be able to address unless I purchase more product, and use it on a regular basis. For one, I wonder how my hair will feel and respond to the product when used daily, as the "crispy" feeling had me thinking that product buildup might pose as an issue. I only got two days out of it, so I can't really say.

I placed my curls in a loose ponytail after the first application, and slept in a satin bonnet. For the most part, my curls remained in tact, and I revived limp areas by first spritzing them with water, then followed up by scrunching them back into action with a small amount of the Curly Pudding. Although my hair felt okay the second day, again I wonder what it would have felt and looked like had I continued this process for the entire week.

Miss Jessie's products are now available at Target, yet a 16oz jar still retails for $38.00. I must say that if it weren't for the price, I could very well see this product serving as a replacement and or alternative to my Lottabody/Hawaiian Silky mix. Due to the price and my heavy-handedness :-), I can however see myself purchasing the Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and using it as a first application, then styling with my Hawaiian Silky in subsequent days as needed. That option would enable me to get the benefit of the Curly Pudding without hurting my wallet, as I could reduce the frequency with which it is used and therefore cut down on cost.

What do you ladies think of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding?


Sold By Sabb said...

DPrincess28, thank you for sharing. I have tried the Baby Buttercreme on my daughter's hair for two strand twist. I thank you for showing me another method! I know you said the fragrance was lavendar,did you find it overwhelming or did it fade away? That was one reason I choose the Baby Buttercreme,initially. FYI, I was told they usually have a BOGO sale in December.

DPrincess28 said...

The scent didn't seem overwhelming to me, but again, I didn't use the product enough to know if it would have been too much over time. I like for my hair to smell pretty :-), but realize that others may be more sensitive to strong fragrances than I am. For instance, I have a friend who can't stand the smell of Hawaiian Silky, but it doesn't bother me.

Thanks for the BOGO tip!

Shelly said...

Uggg...I've been going back and forth trying to figure out if I wanted to take advantage of the BOGO sale. I recently found out that a couple of the LA retailers who sell Miss Jessie's products honor the BOGO sale. So the BOGO sale, not having to worry about paying shipping charges and now your photos makes me even more tempted to give Miss Jessie's a try.

Did you by any chance use a leave-in under the Miss Jessie's? Perhaps that will eliminate the crunchiness.

MzDiimples said...

I know Ricky's was having a buy one get one free for all mis jessie's products...only the larger sizes though...I WAS TEMPTED to buy something....but then I realized that I shouldn't spend more of the money I don't have on MYSELF right now...hahaha...
I was curious to see how the buttercreme worked, cuz I heard that it leaves the hair nice & soft... but I had heard from a couple of people that the kinky curly custard was better than miss jessie's pudding...so I went with the kinky curly! But now I am all over the place with my hair!! haha

But anyway, the sale is STILL goin on! so if you're curious, I guess NOW would be a good time to buy!!

RICKYSNYC.com til Dec 31st! you should see it on the main page...

DPrincess28 said...

@Shelly: No, I didn't use anything but water and the curly pudding. It didn't have a drying effect--more like a slight, setting lotion hold. I wanna get some more so I can play with it a bit more...

@MzDiimples: Thanks for the tip hun!

Victoria D. said...

I've used Miss Jessie's Baby Buttercream and Curly Pudding to do two-strand twists/twist out on my natural hair. My hair is much more coarse than yours and both products worked nicely on my hair when wet.

Miss Jessie's suggests using a small amount to smooth the hair as needed after styling, but I DO NOT like this option.

I used it sparingly a few days after doing my twist out and the product felt heavy/greasy in my hair. Ick.

I like Miss Jessie's but I think there are plenty of cheaper options that work just as well.

I do however use their shampoo. Good stuff!

Beautiful hair pics btw!!!


DPrincess28 said...

@Victoria: Thanks for sharing. Yeah, I could tell that using this product to retouch curls after the first application may not be a great idea, and you just confirmed that. I agree that there are cheaper options out there.

Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of the Curly Pudding and Baby Buttercreme. I mostly use Curly Pudding for my wash and goes. I normally wet my hair apply the product on with my hair dripping wet and do "the rock star" (this is when i wipe my hair back and forth removing all the excess water). This method works best to define my curls and doesn't require alot of time or product. Baby Buttercreme I use for my two strand and flat twist out. The hold is good and it doesn't dry my hair out